Have you ever walked into your bathroom (or any room in your house for that matter) and thought, it just needs a little something different? Maybe a splash of color or just something new. I’m not talking an expensive gut and redo, just a fresh update. You know, where you shop your house and spend less than a $100 type update…my favorite! 🙂
Maybe it’s just a seasonal update or one for the holidays. Or like me, you just get tired of looking at the same old things! I remember the first time I heard the term “shop your house” it made me very happy! I’d never honestly looked at like that before! We ALL have stuff stuck in cabinets or closets that we still love, but just don’t know what to do with. Or possibly it is being used in another room, but you just don’t like it there.
I just knew it was time to update from the beach themed bathroom to a rustic farm house look!
Not long ago I was in Hobby Lobby on my weekly browse and hunt trip, when I came across a picture of cotton bolls.
This wonderful (take me down a country road) picture stopped me in my tracks…if one can swoon over a picture, that’s what I did! I just knew I had to do something with this framed piece of loveliness, but what? As it rode around in my shopping cart like a beloved child, my mind was working hard to find a place to put this picture. “My bathroom, yes, my bathroom is where I will put it!” my mind exclaimed loudly to itself!
Not only did this picture come home with me, so did several of it’s friends. A tray with cotton bolls painted on it as well as a cotton boll branch! I also got a wrought iron feather to use as a towel hook. A cute rusty little bird on a piece of wood. When I saw the little tool box made to look like it was created with yardsticks, I knew it wanted to come with it’s friends as well. And who am I to separate them! 😉 I headed home with my treasures in tow, very proud of myself for getting them when they were all on sale!
Over the next few weeks as I had time, I shopped my house for things I would like to use in there.
I grabbed a cotton boll wreath I made a couple of years ago from real cotton branches that I got at Hobby Lobby…I guess I better admit it right now, I LOVE that place. It was in my living room, but wasn’t quite what I wanted there. I also picked up some lovely kitchen towels at Marshall’s, which are probably for Easter, but they have eggs/nests on them and I couldn’t resist! I also purchased some small clay pots with succulents in them from Michael’s a while ago and grabbed those as well.
I already had the small shelf above the toilet so I took that down as I knew I wanted to paint it a different color so I could continue using it in the bathroom. Then I went to my collection of small shelves I had purchased at retail shops. I found the one I wanted to redo and hang on the back wall. I remembered the vintage tiny blue glass pitcher I’d tucked away in a kitchen cabinet and retrieved that too.
Finally with my stack of treasures all in one place I decided to get the update started!
First, I mixed the chalk paint to create a light blue to match the picture. Then I covered the cut-out hearts on the back of the shelf with a small piece of wood I had in my craft supplies. I cleaned the shelves well with soap and water and once they were dried I started painting them. I also painted the wrought iron feather to match the shelves. When the painting was completed, I decided to give them a weathered look. I brushed diluted white chalk paint over the top and wiped it off with a rag to give me the look I wanted!
Total aside – the gray vanity wasn’t always gray, I chalk painted over the white laminate well over a year ago and it’s still gorgeous! The next post will detail refinishing these pieces and another post will follow about painting the vanity! I promise!
The the fun really started with this easy bathroom update when I finally got to put everything in the room! I absolutely love how it all came together!!!
To freshen up the look of the glass door cabinet I used scrapbook paper to line the shelves. I purchased bright white towels at Ross. The metal bird and the “life is better in the country” sign were from another trip to Hobby Lobby. The throw rug I picked up for a couple of dollars at a discount store as well as the feather shower curtain hooks. The shower curtain was actually one my daughter had used in college. All the other little extras were in my house already! So when everything was all said and done, this update was less than a $100.
There are still a few things I might add to this room. I have several different colored spools of ribbon I may try to make something with to dress up the small window above the shower at some point. For the tiny terricotta pots with the succulents in them I may try to “age” them. I’m so happy with this new rustic farm house look!
Let me know if you have done any inexpensive update projects like this. I would love to hear about them! Thanks for following along, friend!